Wednesday May 30, 2012 Friendlies Finished De Kuip

Netherlands 2 - 0 Slovakia

  • Saláta 8’ (o.g.)
  • van der Vaart 75’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Netherlands
    • Slovakia
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! A 2-0 win for the Netherlands. All in all, a comfortable enough victory. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 89' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Kevin Strootman was going to come on for the Dutch, but quickly sits back down.
    • 87' Dutch continue to make some noise in this friendly. Looks like Holland will settle for the 2-0 win.
    • 86' Dutch seeking to win the European Championship for the first time since 1988. They won't be far away one suspects with this group of players.
    • 85' Schaars lifts an intended cross straight out of play. Bit disappointing, but will matter little as the clock ticks down.
    • 84' The Netherlands continue their warm-up against Northern Ireland on Saturday in Amsterdam.
    • 83' Van der Vaart just fails to control the ball in the Slovakian box as Mucha races out to collect the loose ball.
    • 82' Narsingh fails to keep the ball in out wide. Bit of a disappointing introduction for him.
    • 81' The usual raft of changes upset the rythmn of these game, but the Dutch have done their work well enough this evening. Still need to sharpen up, but they will be a threat at this tournament.
    • 80' Dutch making another change here as Narsingh is wheeled on for Robben.
    • 79' The Netherlands play their opening game of the tournament against Denmark on June 9.
    • 78' Kuyt is thrown off for Afellay. Dutch taking no chances with his fitness.
    • 77' Seems to be an ankle ligament injury affecting Afellay. Dirk Kuyt getting ready to make his entrance for the Dutch.
    • 76' Afellay has pulled up with a strain as Bakos is replaced by Holosko for the visiting side.
    • 75' Hunterlaar fails to connect with a Robben cross. Suddenly the Dutch seeking a third goal with some urgency.
    • 74' An 18th international goal for Van der Vaart from 12 yards out. The home fans looking a whole lot more happier with their night out in Rotterdam.
    • 73' GOAL! Van der Vaart slams a shot low past Mucha. Slovakia fail to clear and Van der Vaart drills the ball beyond Mucha. A 2-0 lead.
    • 72' Offside flag goes up against Afellay as he tried to finish off a lovely cross from Van der Wiel. What a miss! good job that was offside.
    • 71' Dutch keeping the ball well, but again fail to really cut through the white shirt as Bakis brings down Van der Wiel.
    • 70' Van der Viel back to do some fine covering to prevent Kona from cutting a dash through.
    • 69' Van der Vaart slips the free-kick over the wall, but it comes back off the post. Superb effort, but so unfortunate not to hit the net.
    • 68' Hubocan brings down Van der Vaart on the edge of the Slovakian box.
    • 67' Afellay opts to try his luck from distance rather than try to feed Hunterlaar. Move breaks down with the shot blocked.
    • 66' Hunterlaar with 31 games to his name for the Dutch. Some record for his national side.
    • 65' Van Persie given a standing ovation as he depart to be replaced by Hunterlaar.
    • 64' Dutch getting read to throw Hunterlaar on here by the looks of things.
    • 63' Slovakia hammer the ball clear from inside their box after some wing play by Robben.
    • 62' Salata charges into the back of Van der Vaart. A late, late challenge but no booking.
    • 61' Dutch fans making plenty of noise, but the home side not doing much with the ball when they are on it.
    • 60' Pekarik tries to pick out a pass for Hansik, but has too many home bodies surrounding him.
    • 59' Dutch with plenty of the ball, but not really finding any penetration as Stoch is tackled by Van Bommel.
    • 58' Van Persie sees a cross blocked by a white shirt as the visitors look to get themselves on the front foot.
    • 57' Kona takes out Van der Vaart with a late tackle. Nothing friendly about that late challenge.
    • 56' Prochazka has replaced Breznanik for the visiting side. Slovakia clear Van der Vaart's corner.
    • 55' Hamsik has his pocket picked by De Jong before Prochazka hammers the shot wide of goal from distance.
    • 54' Van der Viel with the cross looking for Robben, but Slovakia hoist the ball out their box.
    • 53' Sneijder shaking his head as he heads up the tunnel for a spot of treatment. He is still hobbling. A concern for the Dutch.
    • 52' Tomás Kóna has come on for Karim Guédé for the visiting side.
    • 51' Sneijder comes back on, but don't think he is too happy. He hobbles off to be replaced by Van der Vaart.
    • 50' Solid piece of support play by Pekarik up the line. Cuts the ball back, but Stekelenburg is out quickly to make the intervention.
    • 49' Sneijder is on the side of the park getting a spot of treatment. Dutch would need an injury to him like a hole in the head.
    • 48' Ron Vlaar replaces Wilfred Bouma for the Dutch at the break.
    • 47' Salata fouls Sneijder in the air. Sneijder holding a calf muscle here. Doesn't look too good.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! A 1-0 lead for the Dutch at half-time.
    • 44' Glorious chance for Slovakia to level at the break, but Bakos hammers his shot wide of goal under pressure from Heitinga. So near, but so far.
    • 43' Guede has been booked for a late challenge on Sneijder. A bit of a harsh call.
    • 42' Mucha palms clear the cross from Sneijder. Decent piece of goalkeeping.
    • 41' Van der Wiel so unfortunate so see a shot deflect over the bar from Robben's pass. Fine play by the Dutch.
    • 40' Salata heads wide of goal after Stekelenburg is forced to palm a high ball behind his own goal.
    • 39' The Dutch invite Hubocan to come forward, but he thumps an effort well over the bar from 25 yards out.
    • 38' Afellay on the charge for Barca. Knocks the ball through the legs of Guede, but smashes the shot inches wide of goal from distance.
    • 37' Van Persie and Sneijder try to combine, but just overhit the pass. Slovakia beat Andorra in their last competitive win.
    • 36' Slovakia's last competitive win came almost a year ago. Not brimming with confidence with such a track record. Dutch slow it down and speed it up.
    • 35' Sneijder caught late by Pekarik. Dutch have a free-kick around the halfway line that comes to nothing.
    • 34' A fairly warm evening in Rotterdam. Slovakia doing plenty of sweating, but not really going anywhere with it since Hamsik's header hit the bar early on.
    • 33' Sneijder tries to pick out Afellay with a chipped pass. Tremendous attempt at the pass, but Mucha is quickly off his line to take the loose ball.
    • 32' Robben throws over the corner, but the white shirts of Slovakia clear the danger. Dutch back on the ball here.
    • 31' Van der Wiel rolls the ball to Robben. Slovakia block the cross through Svento and the home side have a corner.
    • 30' Van Bommel with a late challenge on Guede. Strong challenge, but a late one.
    • 29' Boulahrouz would be the natural man to take over from Van der Wiel at right-back.
    • 28' One or two whistles around the stadium. Van der Wiel looks like he may have picked up a problem early on. Could be an injury?
    • 27' Will be a few minutes added to this half due to stoppages.
    • 26' The Dutch trying to regroup and get themselves going forward in the right direction after taking their foot off the gas momentarily.
    • 25' Dutch give the ball away cheaply again as Stoch drives a shot into the side of the net at the other side. Sloppy play.
    • 24' Afellay takes a sore one in a collision with Van Persie in trying to block the free-kick. Looks like he is going to be okay.
    • 23' Slovakia win a free-kick inside the Dutch box seven yards out, but Stoch drags his effort into the side net. Awful finish from that range.
    • 22' Bert van Marwijk looking all very studious on the home bench as an offside flag goes up against Bakos.
    • 21' The Dutch continue to use the ball well as Van Persie just fails to connect with the cross from Afellay.
    • 20' Breznanik controls the ball on the edge of the Dutch area, but his cross is easily gathered by Stekelenburg.
    • 19' Some lovely passing play involving Afellay and Sneijder, it must bse said.
    • 18' Van Bommel decides to unload a shot from 25 yards out that flies over the bar. He fairly got hold of that shot, but was always rising.
    • 17' Plenty of horns sounding among the Dutch fans. Slovakia being forced backwards with the ball.
    • 16' Certainly look a lot more focused than in the 2-1 loss to Bulgaria at the weekend. Mucha taking a huge risk there in walloping the ball off Van Persie in the box.
    • 15' Some lovely passing play by the Dutch going forward here. Look very energetic.
    • 14' Afellay tries to pick his spot from Van Persie's pass. Slams the shot at goal, but Mucha dives to make the stop.
    • 13' Pekarik tugs back Afellay. He is really toiling to get to grips with the Barca winger at the moment.
    • 12' An offside flag goes up against Robben after he galloped clear too soon.
    • 11' Mistake by Pekarik, but Van Persie succeeds only in lifting a volley over the bar. Slovakia really knocked back by that opener. Must come to their senses soon.
    • 10' Van der Wiel works the pass to Robben before bounding down the right. Real energy about the Dutch with the home players all helping out the attack.
    • 9' Van Persie picks out Affelay again out wide. The Dutch fans doing the Mexican wave. They are suddenly in a party mood.
    • 8' Affelay fired in the cross and Salata got the slightlest touch to nudge the ball past Mucha in the visiting goal.
    • 7' GOAL! An goal by Salata and the home side have the lead. Disaster for Slovakia.
    • 6' The Netherlands keeping the ball well here. As you expect them to at home. Moving about with so much ease on a park that resembles a bowling green.
    • 5' De Jong nods wide at the back post from Robben's corner. Was a chance to net there, but not taken. We remain at 0-0.
    • 4' Netherlands down to nine men momentarily as Hamsik sees a header clatter off the bar with Stekelenburg beaten. Almost a shock opener.
    • 3' Bouma and Heitinga collide in the opening moments. Looks like a clash of heads and they are needing some treatment here.
    • 2' Slovakia in white, the home side in dark blue and orange.
    • 1' We are off and running in Rotterdam. Important the Netherlands impress before a sell-out crowd this evening.
    • 19.25 Bert van Marwijk (Holland coach): "You can learn from friendlies, but it must not take too long."
    • 19.20 The referee is Vladislav Bezborodov of Russia.
    • 19.15 Teams: Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Bouma, Schaars, Van Bommel, N, De Jong, Afellay, Sneijder, Robben, van Persie..subs: Vorm, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Vlaar, Willems, Strootman, L, De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Kru////Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarik, Cech, Salata, Hubocan, Svento, Guede, Stoch, Breznanik, Hamsik, Bakos..subs: Pernis, Michalik, Kona, Holosko, Kopunek, Guldan, Kucka, Prochazka, Kello
    • 19.10 Slovakia will field Jan Mucha in goal while Marek Bakos has been given the nod in attack. Martin Skrtel is not playing but star midfielder Marek Hamsik will start.
    • 19.05 Ibrahim Afellay could return to action for the Dutch following a lengthy absence due to a knee injury. Joris Mathijsen misses out due to injury though Johnny Heitinga will either be partnered by Wilfed Bouma or Ron Vlaar. Sporting's Stijn Schaars will start at left-back instead of teenager Jetro Willems as Bert van Marwijk explores his options at the back.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Netherlands v Slovakia in their friendly match in Rotterdam.
  • Summary

    • 73' GOAL! Van der Vaart slams a shot low past Mucha. Slovakia fail to clear and Van der Vaart drills the ball beyond Mucha. A 2-0 lead.
    • 69' Van der Vaart slips the free-kick over the wall, but it comes back off the post. Superb effort, but so unfortunate not to hit the net.
    • 44' Glorious chance for Slovakia to level at the break, but Bakos hammers his shot wide of goal under pressure from Heitinga. So near, but so far.
    • 41' Van der Wiel so unfortunate so see a shot deflect over the bar from Robben's pass. Fine play by the Dutch.
    • 18' Van Bommel decides to unload a shot from 25 yards out that flies over the bar. He fairly got hold of that shot, but was always rising.
    • 14' Afellay tries to pick his spot from Van Persie's pass. Slams the shot at goal, but Mucha dives to make the stop.
    • 7' GOAL! An goal by Salata and the home side have the lead. Disaster for Slovakia.
    • 5' De Jong nods wide at the back post from Robben's corner. Was a chance to net there, but not taken. We remain at 0-0.
    • 4' Netherlands down to nine men momentarily as Hamsik sees a header clatter off the bar with Stekelenburg beaten. Almost a shock opener.
    • 19.15 Teams: Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Bouma, Schaars, Van Bommel, N, De Jong, Afellay, Sneijder, Robben, van Persie..subs: Vorm, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Vlaar, Willems, Strootman, L, De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Kru////Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarik, Cech, Salata, Hubocan, Svento, Guede, Stoch, Breznanik, Hamsik, Bakos..subs: Pernis, Michalik, Kona, Holosko, Kopunek, Guldan, Kucka, Prochazka, Kello

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